Celek was the longest tenured player on the Eagles, who cleared $4 million from their salary cap with the move.
And as the Eagles aim to situate themselves as perennial contenders, they become more appealing to veterans like Ngata.
The Eagles saved $4 million by releasing Celek, and now the 33-year old will be on the hunt for a new team to call home to close out his career. Philadelphia employed this somewhat unusual strategy to bring LeGarrette Blount, Chris Long and others into the fold past year. Burton etched his name into Philadelphia lore last month for his part in the "Philly Special" during Super Bowl LII. He has just 27 receptions for 285 yards and one touchdown in 32 games since 2016. Johnson, slated to have a cap hit of over $12 million in 2018-19, will now have one just under $5 million due to Howie Roseman's magical cap structuring talents.
Speaking of Ertz, the Eagles must now find another reliable tight end option to play behind him with Celek gone. Unfortunately, in this business we are forced to make hard decisions, especially this time of the year.
Then again, what will make Eagles fans feel better about the decision is the fact that Philadelphia was able to help Celek finally earn that Super Bowl ring after 11 seasons in the NFL. On Monday alone, the Miami Dolphins cut former Seminole star Lawrence Timmons and the Philadelphia Eagles made it known they want one former Nole back.